Petrology and Structural Geology

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Petrology and Structural Geology

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: GEO2001F, GEO2004S

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course covers key concepts in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology in combination with structural geology as follows: interpreting major and trace element and isotope variations in igneous rocks; origin and evolution of the major magma series; thermodynamics, kinetics and chemography of metamorphic reactions; tectonic setting of metamorphic terrains; principles of interpretations and classification of continental and marine sedimentary environments; fault related folding, fold and thrust systems, kinematic principles and section balancing; ductile deformation.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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